Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

Published by
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Citizen Information Service

Education/Arts: Library

E30 State Library

E31 Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

E30 George Finegold State Library
State House, Room 341
Boston, MA 02133
Information and Reference: 617-727-2590
Special Collections: 617-727-2595

The George Finegold State Library, an independent state agency, is a government and public affairs-oriented library geared to meet the information and research requirements of the executive and legislative branches of state government. It serves as a depository for printed documents of the government of the Commonwealth and the federal government, as well as a principal resource on the history of Massachusetts and its local communities. The library is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

E31 Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
98 North Washington Street, Suite 401
Boston, MA 02114-1918
Tel: 617-725-1860
Toll Free: 1-800-952-7403 (within Mass. only)
Fax: 617-725-0140

This state agency is responsible for the development of public library services in the state and for the development of computer-based resource-sharing library consortia through its Massachusetts Library Information Network (MLIN), or network of library networks. It administers both federal and state grants to libraries and offers technical assistance and guidance to library personnel, trustees, library organizations, and governmental agencies. The board also administers the Braille and Talking Book Program (1-800-852-3133), which provides books on tape to the blind, visually impaired, and physically handicapped clients. Additionally, the board manages the Machine Lending Service, which coordinates the distribution and repair of the machines that read the Talking Book tapes.

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